Saturday, July 28, 2012

Nostalgia Much: How 20-somethings in a 2000-something world are recycling fashion with a passion.

Remember the nineties when Clarissa explained it all to us, all while making colored tights under a pair of ripped jeans a thing? Or when Edie Sedgwick rocked her nautical striped t-shirt, sheer black tights and ballet flats in the mid-sixties? How about when Mary Tyler Moore threw that chic beret in the air at the end of the opening credits? 

This was fierce.

The thing about trends, or the way it used to be, was that they come and they most certainly go. However, one could argue that the rules have been changed, and maybe that’s not such a bad thing. Trends from the past, like ballet flats for instance, are becoming today’s classic fashion staples. Any smart stylist understands the importance of building an original outfit on the basics. 

A floral collared shirt may not have been too cool in your fourth grade portrait from nineteen ninety four, but if you throw it under an oversized sweater and pair it with skinny jeans and high fashion flats, you may just have something going for you. Throwing a fitted blazer over that vintage Star Wars t-shirt may just take your look from careless to carefree. 

Jen Lindley, the original hipster.

Trends are rolling over one another like a rising tide, but the best part about this fact is that we are left with so many options! We can wear socks with heels, or leg warmers with loafers without fear. Our past is becoming our pallet, and our bodies our canvas. 

Collars were rocked way before was around.

Websites, such as Pinterest, and Etsy, encourage our own personal creativity when it comes to style. The world is our oyster, and our strand of pearls is handmade. We are our own stylists, and we play by our own rules, which helps us express the important message of maintaining innovation and creativity in this world. 

Keep on recycling, reusing, and reworking looks from yesteryear, because one woman’s Special Edition Flipper lunch box is another woman’s creative and original handbag. 

Flipper was badass.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The Zara handbag I have been obsessed with

Zara's Plaited Shopper (100% Buffalo Leather)

I am a fan of over-sized bags, always have been. Having completed a pretty rigorous year student teaching, I’m an even bigger fan. I like the concept of small bags, I really do, and I own a few clutches,  satchels and cross body pretties. The thing is, when I teach, I tote a lot of stuff with me. I bring my laptop back and forth, which means I need a bag at least 14” in either direction. I lug my external hard drive, binders, journals, books, extra bobby pins, my iPhone, extra keurig cups, foldable ballet flats and a million highlighters to boot. (Legitimately a million.) 
In the summer, my load is lighter, but I still like to carry journals, books and tons of extra crap along. That’s why, to me, this bag is perfect. PERFECT. First of all, it comes in my favorite tan/brown color which I personally feels goes with every piece in my wardrobe. It has a carrying strap if you don’t like pinning it between your elbow and forearm. And, for the quality, it’s pretty affordable. 

This bag became vastly popular in March when Olivia Palermo (from The Hills spin-off: The CIty) was photographed carrying it wearing a fitted black sweater, pale green skinny jeans and matching ballet flats. I personally do not watch The City, and do not know much about Ms. Palermo at all, but I like her seemingly simple style. 

Olivia Palermo

Unfortunately, I discovered the tote right as I was budgeting bills for this next paycheck, but I’m looking to save for this. At roughly $150 without tax, it’s still too expensive for me at the moment.

What I bought instead: 
Zara's Shopper Basket (100% Polyurethane) 

Also by Zara, the 100% polyurethane shopper basket. This bag is pretty similar to my dream bag, and a decent alternative for those who live cruelty free lifestyles. It’s not as large as the leather shopper, but comes in a pretty, lighter tan, black and cream. It’s cheaper at 79.90 and looks like it can fit most of my prize possessions. I don't have many clothes by Zara (I purchased a couple of v-neck sweaters and a blazer last year...) but the clothes I do own seem to hold up. I wait anxiously to see what their handbag quality is like, so hopefully it will get here soon!